Big in 2007

[intro]PlayStation 3, iPhone, Nokia N95… it's shaping up to be a bumper year for gadget fans[/intro] With New Year celebrations over and the grim w

With New Year celebrations over and the grim winter is ahead, the only comfort for gadgeteers right now is looking forward to the treats that the next year has in store.

Some of them aren't really new - we Brits will finally be given the PlayStation 3 this year, although I'm not convinced it'll arrive in March - unless demand in the US and Japanese markets have been satisfied by then. Still, you should be able to find a Nintendo Wii in the British shops by springtime, and that'll tide you over.

The Nokia N95 superphone is scheduled for release in the first quarter of the year, too, although again I fear it may be delayed: it's the first Nokia phone with integrated sat-nav, alongside Wi-Fi, Super3G and a 5MP digicam. Which means Nokia will be testing it for a while yet. We've seen an early version here at Stuff, and it's fantastic – but the software is a long way from being complete. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the battery is improved, too - my N80 struggles to get through a day if I use the Wi-Fi. Not sure what would happen if I tried to use GPS too.

The other mobile that everyone's getting excited about is Apple's rumoured iPod-phone. It seems increasingly likely that it'll have the features and capacity of a an iPod Nano, with a GPRS phone built in too – but it's still not clear whether it'll be announced at MacWorld San Francisco next week (I'll be doing a full Mac rumours round-up later in the week).

Personally, I'm more excited by the whispers of an ultraportable MacBook Pro. In fact, 2007 could end up being the year of the ultraportable – we'll finally see some decent implementations of the Microsoft ultra-mobile PC initiative. My pick is Samsung's SPH-P9000 (pictured above), which folds down to the size of a Filofax. And Nokia has a replacement for my beloved 770 web tablet waiting in the wings, too.

And surprises? Well, Microsoft isn't going to let the Zune die, despite the muted reception to its release in the US. By the end of 2007, I think we'll see a far more desirable family of Zune products, and Microsoft will be talking more seriously about a Zune gaming console - a sort of Xbox in your pocket.

Microsoft will struggle to match the Apple's sales, of course, especially when the widescreen video iPod arrives and the iTunes movie store goes international. But five years from now, Microsoft may have turned the tables, just as it did with PCs.

It's hard to know how things will go - but it's easy to enjoy the ride. Happy new year!